Work bonus denied to many

Tis the season of the Christmas bonus, an extra two weeks’ worth of tax free salary that is due employees no later than Dec. 20. Yet, every year, the Ministry of Labor receives more complaints from workers who are being denied the mandatory bonuses. Last year about 190 complaints were filed. Prensa Libre

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Sexual harassment cases almost one in five

Last year more than 39,000 prosecution cases were registered in the country’s courts. About 7,400 cases had to do with sexual harassment in public places. Complaints regarding obscene words or acts were the most common, followed up by disrespectful propositions and touches. CR Hoy

 

 

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How healthy is that tamale?

During the holidays, tamales are everywhere. So are the calories. Nutritionist Karen Acuna advises eating no more than three tamales per week. She also says you can make healthier tamales by using vegetable oil and substituting pork with beef or chicken. CR Hoy

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Second language boosts pay

Workers who can speak two languages make about 20 percent more in salary according to surveys by the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INEC). However, only 16 percent of Costa Ricans know a second language. The survey also showed that pay increases 11 percent with each additional year of education after high school. La Nación

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Drinking and driving still don’t mix

A report shows that alcoholic beverages figured in 30 percent of the deaths of drivers between 20 and 49 years old. Alcohol-related traffic deaths among motorcycles are even higher at 43 percent. The proportion of these types of alcohol-related traffic deaths have been increasing since 2004. La Nación

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22 thousand lights

The Children’s Hospital Medical Center will be all aglow Thursday evening with the traditional lighting of the giant 22,000 bulb Christmas tree, which can be seen by the young patients from their balconies at the hospital. The Christmas activities begin 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Diario Extra

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